Bendigo Health chief executive Peter Faulkner confirmed on Wednesday that the health services' screening clinic has detected its first positive case.
"We have had one positive test through our screening clinic, but they are not a Bendigo resident," Mr Faulkner said.
The Department of Health and Human Services' most recent update reveals that the City of Greater Bendigo still has no positive coronavirus cases.
The reporting of positive cases is based on the shire where an individual resides, not the shire or area where they are tested.
"We must assume and everyone must assume that we have coronavirus in our community, whether we have identified it or we haven't," Mr Faulkner said.
The job of contact tracing is up to the Department of Health and Human Services, with the positive test returned "48 hours ago", according to Mr Faulkner.
Whether or not the person is isolating in Bendigo or their home shire is not known.
The latest update from Victoria's chief health officer reveals the number of coronavirus cases in Victoria is 466.
This is an increase of 55 cases from yesterday.
There have also been statewide changes to coronavirus screening.
In addition to testing returned overseas travellers and close contacts, coronavirus screening clinics will now test every fifth presentation to identify coronavirus disease that might not yet be symptomatic.
"If you need to come to the screening clinic because you are unwell, whether you are tested or aren't, you should be assuming that you have the disease," Mr Faulkner said.
Anyone visiting Bendigo Hospital is being temperature tested on entry and should allow extra time for this process, from today.
"This includes people who are attending for outpatient clinics, other clinical reasons and people visiting," Mr Faulkner said.
"Anyone who presents with a fever will be directed to the screening clinic for screening."
The coronavirus screening clinic at the old emergency department in Stewart Street is screening 70 to 80 people per day, with many more presenting who are not being screened, because they don't meet testing criteria.
Every acute respiratory infection admitted to Bendigo Health is being tested for coronavirus, with Mr Faulkner reiterating that the hospital is not treating anyone for coronavirus.
"We treat every acute respiratory infection as though it may be a positive coronavirus case," Mr Faulkner said.
"We have no positive tests returned," he said, of those patients admitted with acute respiratory infections.
Nationally, Australia has 2229 intensive care beds, with 476 of those in Victoria.
Mr Faulkner said Bendigo Health has capacity for 20 intensive care beds.
He would not go into specifics about the number of ventilators available to Bendigo Health.
"We are not an island. We are part of a structured system of health care," Mr Faulkner said.
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